The Spurs went 1-3 last week losing at home to the Minnesota Timberwolves 113-101 last Friday and a shellacking at the hands of the Detroit Pistons, 132-98 Sunday in Detroit. Nineteen games into the season, the Spurs defense showed up in spectacular fashion Saturday at the AT&T center against the Los Angeles Clippers. The win marred Kawhi Leonard’s return to the city as he was held to 19 points on 8-of-23 from the field. Easily the season’s best performance on the defensive end, the Spurs held Paul George to a mere 5 points and the Clippers team to a paltry 39% from the field.
While the season is still young, the Spurs have been uncharacteristically abysmal defensively, ranking 27th out of 30 teams in defensive rating on the year. Saturday’s defensive output against a Western Conference contender should give Spurs fans hope however that this flailing ship can be righted.
The Spurs are currently sitting at 7-14 and are second place in the division behind both Dallas and Houston who are both 13-6. As of publication the team is just three games out of the eighth spot in the Western Conference if the playoffs were to start today.
Popovich appears to be toying with lineup changes benching both Dejounte Murray and Trey Liles in favor of Derrick White and veteran Rudy Gay.
Rookie guard Lonnie Walker IV has shown significant promise when given an opportunity putting up 11 points in 13 minutes in the loss to Minnesota and 13 points in 16 minutes in the loss to Detroit.
Tue, December 3 vs Houston (13-6) 730pm
Fri, December 6 vs Sacramento (8-11) 730pm